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23rd AUDIT & ASSURANCE CONFERENCE

Organised by the The Auditing Special Interest Group (ASIG) of the British Accounting & Finance Association (BAFA)   in Anglia Ruskin University, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Central Cambridge, UK

Thursday 16th & Friday 17th MAY 2013

Registration Information

The 23rd Audit & Assurance Conference, organised by the Auditing Special Interest Group of the BAFA and with the support of Aston Business School, will take place in the Anglia Ruskin University, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, central Cambridge, UK

On Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May 2013.

Registration fees and procedures

The CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEE for both days is as follows:

Conference Fee (includes conference attendance, conference pack, lunch on both days, conference evening meal, cèilidh, and refreshments on both days):

£220 charge full rate                            £80 charge Doctoral Student 

Thursday evening meal and cèilidh (for partners, and friends)

£30 charge full rate                              £20 charge Doctoral Student

Accompanying Person: 

If your accompanying person wishes to participate in the Friday evening meal and Cèilidh, then £30 charge will be applied. Please indicate this on the registration form.

Doctoral Students

We can accept only a small number of doctoral students paying the Doctoral Student rate, and as a result early registration is encouraged. In addition, doctoral students, taking advantage of the Doctoral Student rate, are required to submit their doctoral thesis proposal, and a letter of support from their first supervisor.

Special Food Requirements

Delegates attending the 23rd Audit & Assurance Conference the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge who require vegetarian meals must so indicate on the registration form. 

Special Access Requirements

Delegates planning to attend this conference who have special needs are requested to notify ilias G. Basioudis, at i.g.basioudis@aston.ac.uk or +44 (0) 121 204 3024 to facilitate identification and accommodation of these needs by the organisers.

ACCOMMODATION: 

Please book accommodation directly with either the University Arms Hotel, or the Cambridge City Hotel. These two hotels are the closest to the conference venue. The former hotel is about 0.4 miles (8 minutes walk) from the conference venue, whilst the latter is about 0.6 miles (10 minutes walk). Reservations can only be done online by clicking the following two websites respectively:

University Arms Hotel, Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AD 

www.devere.co.uk  (make sure you select the Cambridge University Arms)

Cambridge City Hotel (previously known as Crowne Plaza), Downing St Cambridge, CB2 3DT www.cambridgecityhotel.co.uk

Please note that Cambridge hotels can be very busy in May, so please make sure that you book your accommodation as soon as you register with the conference. 

Registration Deadline

There is no registration deadline. However, early delegate registrations are encouraged so the organisers would be able to make adequate plans. 

Registration:

Register by Post (Cheque) by completing this form.

Make cheques payable to "Aston University". 

Post registration form and cheques to: Ms Maria Podsiadly, Aston Academy for Research in Management, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK.

Register online

You can register at the registration page.

Register On-Site:

On-site registration will be available at the On-Site Conference Registration Desk at the Anglia Ruskin University, Lord Ashcroft International Business School in Cambridge (conference venue). Only cash and cheque payments will be accepted. Bear in mind that, at this late stage, accommodation may not be available in the nearby hotel. 

Registration Changes

All registration inquiries and change requests should be directed to ilias G. Basioudis, i.g.basioudis@aston.ac.uk or +44 (0) 121 204 3024  

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing by ilias G. Basioudis, i.g.basioudis@aston.ac.uk or +44 (0) 121 204 3024 in order to be processed

Fees will be refunded (less 25% administration charge) for cancellations received before 30th April 2012

No refunds will be available for cancellations after April 30th, or for no-shows but confirmed substitutes will be accepted

Sponsorship

The financial support of the the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland is gratefully acknowledged. We are also grateful for the generous support of the Anglia Ruskin University, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, and Aston University Business School.  

ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY (the conference venue)

East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
Tel: 0845 271 3333
International: +44 1245 493131

The Cambridge campus of Anglia Ruskin University is in heart of the city and has recently reached a milestone in its history with the opening of the new £35-million redevelopment. The regenerated campus opened in September 2011 and provides a wealth of new facilities. 

Railway (Train) Stations

Trains run frequently between Cambridge and:

London (King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations)

Birmingham

Other major cities and towns in the UK.

You can use the National Rail Enquiries or www.thetrainline.com to plan your train journey to Cambridge. 

The conference venue on campus of the Anglia Ruskin University is a 20-25 minute walk from the train station. Alternatively you can get a bus to the Grand Arcade in Cambridge city centre which is a 15 minute walk to the venue:

Citi 1 to Fison Road

Citi 3 to Arbury

Both bus services run every 5-10 minutes, timetables and route maps are available from the Stagecoach website. 

Transport Direct has a comprehensive door-to-door journey planner which provides routes by train, bus and on foot.

Bike

Cambridge is the unofficial cycling capital of the UK, so there are plenty of facilities for cyclists, including a cycle park at Park Street, a hire shop at the railway station and countless cycle routes. The Cambridge Cycling Campaign has a comprehensive map of the city and route planner.

Parking

There is no parking available at the conference venue.

Park & Ride

The Park & Ride services are an excellent way to get around the city. There are 5 with a total of 4500 free parking spaces. They are all open 7 days a week. Travel times into the city centre vary between 10 and 30 minutes.

4 of the Park & Ride services stop at the Grafton Centre, opposite the conference venue:

  • Babraham
  • Madingly Road
  • Milton
  • Newmarket Road  

Alternative parking

There are a number of public car parks within easy walking distance of the conference venue. Queen Anne and Grafton East multi-storey car parks are both long stay and just a 5 minute walk away. More information on parking within the city is available from Cambridge City Council. 

Travelling to Cambridge from overseas

Transport links by air

London Stansted Airport is located around 30 miles/48 kilometres from Cambridge. From the airport, Cambridge can be reached by road on the M11. London Luton is 38 miles (61 kilometres) away and Cambridge is also within easy reach of London Heathrow, London City and London Gatwick airports.

The information below tells you how to travel to Cambridge using public transport. 

From Stansted Airport:

By coach: Coaches run from Stansted Airport on a regular basis; please visit www.nationalexpress.com for timetables and more details. You can buy a ticket online or at the National Express Office at the airport but you will need English money for this. The coach will bring you to Cambridge Coach Station on Parkside.

By train: There is a direct train from Stansted Airport to Cambridge; please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for timetables and more information.

From Luton Airport:

By coach: Coaches run from Luton Airport on a regular basis; please visit www.nationalexpress.com for timetables and more details. You can buy a ticket online or at the National Express Office at the airport but you will need English money for this. The coach will bring you to Cambridge Coach Station on Parkside.

From Heathrow Airport:

By coach: Coaches run from Heathrow Airport on a regular basis; please visit www.nationalexpress.com for timetables and more details. You can buy a ticket online or at the National Express Office at the airport but you will need English money for this. the coach will bring you to Cambridge Coach Station on Parkside.

By train: You have two options if you decide to make your way to Cambridge by train. 

1.Heathrow Express (www.heathrowexpress.com) - Fast, frequent trains operate from Heathrow to London Paddington. The journey time into central London is 15 minutes and the trains run every 15 minutes. Once you get to Paddington Station you will need to get the Tube to King's Cross Station; please see www.tfl.gov.uk for more information. Take the Circle Line towards Edgware Road. From King's Cross there are direct trains to Cambridge railway station.

2.Underground - Tube trains operate every five minutes into central London with a journey time of approximately 50-60 minutes. Cost is £4. Get the underground from Heathrow Airport to King's Cross Station. From King's Cross there are direct trains to Cambridge railway station.

From Gatwick Airport:

By coach: Coaches run from Gatwick Airport on a regular basis; please see www.nationalexpress.com for timetables and more details. You can buy a ticket online or at the National Express Office at the airport but you will need English money for this. The coach will bring you to Cambridge Coach Station on Parkside.

By train: Gatwick Express offers dedicated, high-speed travel between central London and Gatwick Airport with a journey time of just 30 minutes between Gatwick and London Victoria. From Victoria Station you will need to get the underground. Take the Victoria Line towards Walthamstow Central or Victoria Line towards Seven Sisters and get off at King's Cross Station. From King's Cross there are direct trains to Cambridge railway station.

CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge is a small city in eastern England (East Anglia). More than 3,500,000 tourists visit the city each year. Many tourists visit Cambridge to see the historic university, its buildings and the beautiful Backs. Cambridge is a city renowned worldwide for its educational history, exquisite ancient architecture and huge cultural appeal. From Newton's law of universal gravitation to the discovery of the structure of DNA by Crick and Watson, Cambridge has profoundly helped to shape the world as we know it.  There are too many attractions in Cambridge to list here, but some highlights include: punting on the Cam, the Grasshopper Clock, Botanic Garden, Fitzwilliam Museum.... Take a look at www.visitcambridge.org to get a flavour of what's on offer. 

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